Clearing Up Common MSG Myths & Misconceptions

MSG Myths & Misconceptions

It’s time to address some common MSG myths and misconceptions. Let’s get straight to it:

MSG MYTHS

Myth: MSG is not natural.

Fact: MSG is a purified form of naturally occurring glutamate. Because glutamate doesn’t like to be alone, sodium is added to make it more stable. While this particular combination of sodium and glutamate may not be found in nature, sodium and glutamate are naturally everywhere.

#fakenewsMSG

is MSG safe

Before modern politics made “fake news” a household word, dietitians have long battled to contradict false headlines. Practically everyone with an internet connection has seen #fakenews nutrition and food stories; those links – often posted on social media by well-meaning friends – claiming that what we eat is filled with risky chemicals and banned in every nation but our own.

MSG has not been spared from incorrect headlines. When searching online, I found monosodium glutamate falsely linked to many health conditions including hormonal imbalances, weight gain, brain damage, obesity, headaches – and more. This is all #fakenewsMSG.

Key to a Low Sodium Diet? MSG

low sodium diet

My husband was advised by his doctor to reduce his sodium intake. Both his cardiologist and his dietitian wife warned him that consuming excess sodium can result in fluid buildup, thereby increasing blood volume, which could then make his heart have to work harder.

How Does One Develop a Food Allergy?

Food Allergy

Our immune systems are generally pretty good at differentiating between dangerous invaders (bacteria, viruses, etc.) and harmless substances (pollen, peanuts, etc.), and reacting accordingly. The process sometimes fails, unfortunately, resulting in a food allergy. This happens in an estimated 4% of adults and 5% of children, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Experts Recommend the DASH Diet for a Healthier Lifestyle

important to reduce sodium intake

If you’re not familiar with the general health benefits of the DASH diet, you are not alone. It is NOT one of those fad diets that comes and goes, or a quirky diet plan that is touted by celebrities. Quite simply, it is one of the soundest dietary regimens around, based on years of scientific research.

What about people who are not concerned about their blood pressure? Is this diet now being promoted as being for everyone? In a nutshell, the answer is yes. The principles behind DASH can apply to almost anyone. Here’s some background to help you understand the benefits.